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“Great hotel, brilliant island” 5 of 5 stars
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Livadaki Village Hotel
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Skala | Kefalonia, Skala 28 082 , Greece   |  
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Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Skala
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“Great hotel, brilliant island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

We spent an excellent 11 days at this hotel during June/July this year. We found it via Tripadvisor as none of the UK tour operators have this hotel on their books (this is a good thing!). Sophia, the manager, was very helpful when booking and was a lovely host. Lots of Germans and Dutch, all good fun during world cup!

Negatives first - the hotel is at the top of a steep lane and would not suit kids and the elderly. You need a car or moped. Breakfast is not exciting, ham, cheese, bread etc. No other negatives.

Postives - the hotel is 3 years old and is in excellent condition. It is very clean and the pool is good. Great views to the coast. There is a bar which serves snacks. Our room was on the top floor with a balcony and was spacious, clean and the bed was comfortable. There is a fridge for water and beers.

Skala is a nice town, not too much nightlife, not ideal for stag-do's and lads holidays! Loads of good traditional tavernas through to Italians and modern restaurants on the beach road. Lots of shops open in the evening. The beach is sand and shingle with watersports available.

We hired a car from the airport - the roads are pretty ropey (poor surface but great hairpin bends and dirt tracks!!). Having a car is a must, we discovered some amazing beaches including Coroni Beach which is stunning. Kaminia beach is 3 km from Skala towards Argostoli, we went here most days. The beach is sandy, the sea crystal clear and there is an awesome kantina run by a Bristish lady which serves great burgers.

We met lots of couples who were on return trips to the island, and we will be doing the same. The hotel and the island were great and we had a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2010

We booked the hotel privately through the owner,Sophia Kappatos and I cant begin to tell you how hospitable she was.
We had the most wonderful room in the hotel which is all brand new. The views across the sea were lovely.
Drawbacks to the hotel is that its at the top of a very steep hill ~ but you could see this as an opportunity to shed a few pounds! It was 45 degrees C when we were there and the hill was a killer for us! Also, the air con was charged extra and is very expensive. That said, I'd already ensured it was included in the cost of our room when I booked direct with Sophia. The bar food is a little pricey too. I guess as the hotel is in quite a secluded spot they take advantage a little but the food is lovely. They only provide breakfast and lunch ~ no evening meals so the treck up the hill in the hot evenings was only manageable after a few tipples! The hotel was very clean, quality of the rooms was excellent, the pool is beautiful and the views are lush. The staff were very friendly. Mainly for adults as its a quiet location but children stayed as well despite there not really being any child facilities apart from the main pool which had a child friendly spot. I would reccommend you hire a car ~ you'll see so much more. It took us only 5 minutes to walk down the hill to the main part of Scala where there are loads of resaurants to choose from but a good 20 minutes to walk back as the hill is steep. The beach is pebbly in this part but if you take a walk around the coast (heading west) or taxi to the next beach its pure sand, very quiet and shallow traditional med waters, warm and blue. In the evening the turtles come in and lay their eggs here. A sight not to be missed. We had a wonderful week. The room service was very good. Clean towels daily, clean bedding and our bed was a double! One more fyi ~ there is a cash point in the town (2 I believe) but make sure you get to it early in the day as they empty very quickly! The hotel were very approachable, ordering us taxi's to and from the airport. They also have a sister hotel by the front (less than 10 mins away) which is older but very child friendly with good facilities and appeared to be very popular.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

Really lovely hotel - friendly, very clean and quite glamorous.
Clean and nice pool and pool side - nice and quiet - peaceful.
Lovely food served at Hotel. Average prices.
You ideally need a car, it is fair to say that it is located on top of a mountain. Fine to walk down into the town, but a killer walking up, and very dark and lonely, We avoided walking down to the beach during the day as it was just too hot. In the evenings it was a nice walk, but could cause problems for elderly or disabled.
Overall good hotel. Highly recommended.

Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2009

This is a brand new hotel, and it looks very nice. Flawless rooms, and with nice terraces outside (balconies on the second floor). The breakfast is served in the pool area, and this is a very nice place to eat breakfast. The breakfast itself is fairly basic, but you can order bacon and eggs for a small price. The hotel seems small and intime, and is situated in a very quite area (mostly fields surrounding). It's has the same owners as Tara Beach Hotel, and you can also use this hotel's facilities without cost. Also the hotel has a very friendly and helpfull staff, and most of them knows English well.

The cons are the distance to beach and town. It's about 400 meters to the beach, and a few hundred meters more to town, but the hotel is on a hill, so you may not want to walk there during the middle of the day. In short: If you need to go home during the day, and don't want to pay for a taxi, you may consider a hotel closer to town. Otherwise this is a good choise. Espesially if you have a rental car, there's really no reason why you shouldn't pick this hotel.

Also, there are a few extra expences. As said already, only basic (cold) breakfast is included, and you also need to pay for safe in the room (20€/week summer 2009) and AC (45€/week summer 2009). We thought this was a bit much, at least for the AC, but after staing there for two weeks I think I like this policy. The rooms have practical screen doors that you can close completely while still allowing air through, and this made it quite survivable during the night without AC. Therefore it's positive that the people that really requires AC can pay extra for this, without billing all of us that doesn't need it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2009

Just returned from our holiday in Skala at Livadaki Village Hotel. Sadly to say: it was a bit of a disappointment. Because we were travelling with our 19 months old son, we booked a family room, expecting (based on info of travelling agency) a seperate room for our son. But on arrival we found out that the hotel doesn't have rooms with seperate rooms at all - something to be aware of if you travel with your family. When we arrived at Livadaki Village, we were offered a double room instead of a family room, because 'the family room was only bigger and wouldn't offer any advantage above the double room', according to the hotel manager. We however insisted on a family room, which was clearly bigger than the standard double room. But even than the baby cod stood very close to our own bed - something we wanted to avoid when we booked our holiday.
The cleaning of the room was very poor and towels were changed only once in every three days (if you were lucky). Only new toiletpaper upon request (!). One window had no curtains, two windows had only very thin curtains that hardly stopped daylight. We therefore blinded these windows with garbage bags (!). Breakfast was very poor (to say it mildly). Bread was only eadible after toasting. Only three kinds of jam were offered plus cheese and meat that were not cooled and not refreshed every day; we therefore didn't touch the meat (don't want to get sick, do you?). Hotel was very quiet (clearly beginning of the season) and no other children for our son to play with. We therefore used the facilities of Livadaki's sister hotel, Tara Beach.
A rental car is essential: the walk up the hill is (escpecially for people with young children) killing.
Despite our negative experience, we do see the positive points of the hotel: the view is beautiful, overlooking the see. Rooms in itself are basic, but comfortable. Garden is still in progress, but it is clear that it is being developed and maintained with love. If you seek peace and quietness, we think this hotel can be a good choice. But cleaning, breakfast and service (change of towels, toilet paper) have to be improved.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kappatos, Owner at Livadaki Village Hotel, responded to this review, March 2, 2012
We understand that back in 2009 something might be wrong for a family stay in our hotel.
However, it was clear to the travel agent that there were no family appartments in the hotel and there should be a clear discription to the client, which probably was not the case.

The hotel offers twin/double/ triple rooms and two suits. Cleaning of the rooms is 7 days a week, change of towels and linen twice a week, or more if needed.
Location is about 450 m. from the nearest beach, on top of a hill with unique views to the landscape and the Ionian Sea.
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2008

We stayed at this hotel in July 2008. I thought I had posted a review but it was a forum post, hence the late time of the review. We are a couple in our early thirties and had a thoroughly lovely stay. The staff were very welcoming and eager to please.

The hotel was new, clean and modern. Bathrooms were well equipped as was theroom. It was also beneficial to have a fridge.

As mentioned in previous posts the bar was not a place you would stay all night but town centre was only a 10 minute walk away (15 minutes on the way back due to the hill). The bar in the hotel was not cheap but if you walk the short distance to the town you can find much cheaper drinks. It was a steep hill to the hotel but thsi only enhanced the quiet relaxed atmosphere around the pool during the day. The views from the pool were fantastic and it was lovely to sit on the terrace without the sound of traffic or people.

The shade in the terrace area has now been completed so if you aren't a sun worshipper there is plenty of room to sit.

Overall I would recommend this hotel. Clean, quiet and modern with everything you would need for a relaxing holiday in the beautiful island of Kefalonia.

  • Liked — Brand new, clean and quiet
  • Disliked — Steep hill
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2008


I never normally write these reviews but thought that seen as though the Livadaki is a new hotel it deserved a write up.

The hotel is lovely - the rooms are spacious with large bathrooms (with shower), plasma screen tv's, integrated fridge and large terrace/balcony.

The pool is an infinity pool overlooking the ocean with a large terrace area surronding.

The hotel is quiet and perfect for a nice relaxing break, the staff are all extremely friendly and helpful - especially when you are in need of a beer by the pool.

The location was perfect for us, there are ample restaurants to choose from serving an array of Greek and International Cuisine.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Skala | Kefalonia, Skala 28 082 , Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Skala
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Livadaki Village Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Livadaki Village Hotel is located near Skala, (900 m.) on top of a hill, away from noise and traffic, yet close enough to reach the beach on foot(600 m.). It has been built in grounds planted with olive trees, flowers and vegetables, with great views of the Ionian Sea and the mainland. Its architectural style brings memories of the traditional atmosphere of old Kefalonia, while it offers all modern facilities.There are two suites, and 23 twin/double rooms, 7 triple rooms, with sea view or garden view balconies or terraces, nicely furnished, beds with anatomical matresses, satelite TV, direct dial telephone, internet access, fridge, air con, WC, shower.Lounge with great views, satelite TV, Bar, snack bar, reception, free WF, library. Extended verandas where breakfast is served in the morning, snacks and drinks later on. Breakfast is continental buffet style.Pool with great views, with children's section and jacuzzi, with sun beds and parasols around.Parking Area.Small, picturesque chapel on top of the hill,with great views, nice for marriage ceremonies ... more   less 

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